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Vernon Lee

Violet Paget (Vernon Lee) (1856 - 1935) was a professional writer and art historian. Lee was predominantly a literary figure, and during the First World War she became an outspoken critic of militarism, including as a member of the Union of Democratic Control. Only a handful of letters from Schreiner to Vernon Lee are extant, although she mentions her in other letters too. In a 1913 letter, Schreiner recalls their earlier meeting in Florence, which would have been in the later 1880s. In her interesting 1914-1918 letter, Schreiner commends Lee’s ‘splendid’ articles on the war and that “you take away the shame of women from among us”. Clearly she saw Lee’s very high profile and prolific anti-war writing as important regarding conscription and so on, but also as redeeming women more generally at a time when large parts of the women’s movement were pro-war and when many women were aggressively and militantly ‘patriotic’ (with Schreiner, with her German-sounding name and her pacifist activities, having been frequently on the receiving end of this). 

For further information see:
Peter Gunn (1964) Vernon Lee: Violet Paget, 1856-1935 Oxford: Oxford University Press
Phyllis F. Mannocchi (2004) ‘Paget, Violet [Vernon Lee] (1856-1935)’ Oxford Dictionary of National Biography Oxford University Press http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/35361
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collection icon Library of Sommerville College, Oxford: The Vernon Lee (Violet Paget) collection is located in the Special Collections part of the Library of Somerville College, Oxf... Show/Hide Collection Letters
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